Alurista finally finishes reading of poem interrupted by LAPD 40 years ago

KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez writes on his KCET blog:

On August 29, 1970 a 23 year-old poet trekked from San Diego to Los Angeles to declaim his Plan Espiritual de Aztlan, at the massive Chicano Moratorium protest against the Vietnam War. The march had ended. Adult and teenaged men and women rested on patches of grass in a park in unincorporated East L.A., ready for the words and music of organizers and artists.

You know what happens next, and it happened, as Adolfo writes, to the poet known as Alurista, who returned to LA this weekend to mark the 40th anniversary Chicano Moratorium. This is part of what Alurista read to the crowd:

In the spirit of a new people that is conscious not only of its proud historical heritage but also of the brutal "gringo" invasion of our territories, we, the Chicano inhabitants and civilizers of the northern land of Aztlan from whence came our forefathers, reclaiming the land of their birth and consecrating the determination of our people of the sun, declare that the call of our blood is our power, our responsibility, and our inevitable destiny.

Here he is circa 1981, reading in Oregon:

(Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Nice entry by AGL.

 

 

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